Autism Science Foundation Weekly Science Report

The Autism Science Foundation Weekly Science Podcast is a summary of the latest research in autism spectrum disorders. This podcast will discuss new science, research discoveries, meetings and discussions, news reports, and other information important to those affected by autism especially families.

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Sobering statistics on suicide

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In partial praise of the DSM5

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The sticky subject of cost effectiveness

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